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>> from comedy central's world news headquarters in new york this is its daily show with jon stewart. captioning sponsored by comedy central (cheers and applause) >> jon: well dom-- welcome to the daily show, my name is jon stewart. oh, we got a good one for you tonight. our guest tonight, the head of the group the mission continues. a great organization that works with veterans, eric greitens will be joining us on the program tonight. and no, no, i'm not sick.
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how you know you are aging, and weakening when you come out, when you come out to the audience and they all go, ah. speaking of veterans, as we know veterans must now wait through a backlog of nearly a million benefit claims at the va, claims seen here doing their impression of your grandfather's garage. don't move my boxes, i have a system! (laughter) well, tonight once again a progress report is you may recall as of a couple of months ago things looked
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pretty grim for veterans awaitsing benefit, for now we go to our correspondent brian williams. >> after two wars in which they were asked to sacrifice so much for their country, many veterans are now returning home to wait years for the benefits they were promised. almost a million american veterans are waiting for claims. >> jon: thanks, brian. see you soon. well-- i don't think we have to pay him for that, do we? well, folks, good news. the veteran's affairs department is now withholding bonuses for senior officials overseeing disability claims. >> jon: they haven't done really much about the backlog of claims but they have stopped giving bonuses to the people who created it. so that's something. i means that's got to suck though, for those guys not get their bonuses. i mean to have the government promise you a benefit and you know, not
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deliver it, well-- i can't imagine anyone else even knows what that must feel like. to be fair, the va is not just withholding bonuses, they're also taking steps to fix things. eventually. >> we are revolved to eliminate the claims backlog of 2015, not just reduce it, end it. when claims will be processed at 125 days or less. >> jon: there you have it, in only two more years, they're hoping to have you wait only four more months. how will they do it? well, they haven't fully computerized their records but they have computerized their plan to computerize their record in the form of this power point presentation about the backlog of claims, including this somewhat alarming slide reading the enemy is paper.
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see, that's what is happening? don't you people get it? (applause) >> jon: don't you see what the problem is? paper has been designated as an enemy combatant. (laughter) therefore these records can now be held for indefinite periods in a kind of bureaucratic black site limbo. a kind of paper gitmo. (laughter) which by the way is the least popular paper doll book ever. (laughter) at this point-- yes, you can get that at your children's store. at this point it's beginning to seem like no one, no one can shake benefits loose from the va. or can they? our own samantha bee went there. >> 900,000 veterans have been stuck on endless calls to the va fighting for their rights. if i was going to help, i'd feed to engage in the greatest paper hunt of all
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time. it all began with the story of iraq army veteran eugene mayonnaise. oh my god, oh no what is happening? >> why is there all this glassware everywhere? >> what the hell are you doing? >>. >> manning, is that you? i have been looking for you. tell me everything you know. >> well, i was in iraq in 200 -- i was hit by an eid. i put in va medical claims four times and they have lost them three out of four times. >> your most recent rone claim how long has that been in progress. >> about 330 days. >> she told my wife that the va forms are in a pile, a
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physical pile. >> so while some companies use computers, the va use pile-based technology. >> that's what she said. >> i'm going to help you. >> what are you going to do? >> i'm the [bleep] that is going to find your claim. >> you can do that. >> yes, i'm trained smolderer, i'm doing drama. >> i already two years ago. >> how many times-- wants dow mean --. >> you don't use computers over there. >> manning's claim existed only on paper, peaking it immune to our advanced hacking technology. >> there is nothing. >> why do i even have a tech nerd. get out of my way. oh, oh. [bleep], oh. >> the claim was last seen in the mountains of paperwork, but it could have escaped to the manhattan regional office or maybe d.c..
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>> so what you are saying is it could be anywhere. >> yes. >> okay. break for lunch guys. >> yeah. >> let's go extras. >> guys -- >> i needed better intel so i tracked down a tribal local who agreed to meet in private. >> i'm sorry, i don't speak arabic. >> oh. >> can i -- >> can we get the light down please. hello as a veteran's advocate for the iava he might be able to tell us where to locate manning's missing claims form. >> unfortunately it's like finding a needle in a haystack. >> when will the va be on-line. >> i have been hearing it will be next year for the last three years. >> has anyone ever found high valued target like this at the va? >> they have a veteran who
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is with me in d.c. a few weeks ago. he had been waiting for a year. he went on television and told his story and low and behold the next day his claim was fixed. >> genius. >> all we needed to do was shoot 900,000 media interviews with veterans and shame the va into taking action. >> my name is michael dain, i have been waiting 515 days. >> 119 days. >> 350 days,. >> 702 days, 153 days. >> i can't do it any more. >> they just keep coming. >> okay, everybody, just tell me all at once, how long you have been waiting for your benefits. >> there isn't going to work. >> we hit a deadend and the top brass was no help. >> need to see -- >> okay. >> i know, i know, okay. >> it's been 300 days.
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>> no! >> i should have just -- >> i wasn't any closer to finding manning's claim it was more than i could bear. >> what's that, bob. >> i know. seriously. will samantha bee get her
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>> welcome back. we now rejoin samantha bee's press, part two of zero dark 900,000. >> in my search for eugene mannings missing va claim form i kept getting stonewalled. but just when i was at my darkest, a break. my team had captured an enemy combatant, va sympathizer and author camea williams. >> we're trying to locate a medical claim form filed by army veteran eugene manning over 300 days ago. where is the claim?
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>> i really don't -- >> in the end everybody breaks. >> i think they're trying really hard to do a better job. >> okay, williams, you want to play it that way. >> i'm about to perpetrate so many different types of torture on their ass. look likes somebody wants to get cheese boarded. >> here you go, you're going to need this for spreading. >> you hear that. that is the va automated telephone system. enjoy. >> i hope you like long form improv. >> hey, hey, how are you doing. >> we do an 90 minute improvised long form sitcom. >> they can do this all day long. you just try choking down that board full of cheese without any fiber. >> oh i forgot my wife only speaks spanish. >> don't you turn eyes away from this abomination. >> please enter your social security number. >> she's enjoying it. play it back, remove the
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cheese. >> it took entire minutes but she finally cracked. where is the claim? >> you have asked the va? >> that's it. but which location. >> it would be in the manhattan, in the new york regional office. >> oh my god. it's been under our noses the entire time? just miles from the american equivalent of west point. which is also known as west point. this is an exact replica of what we would expect to see at the va building. >> how much paper is that? >> roughly a couple of million lost documents. >> is the medical claiming the va -- >> 100 percent it's there. >> oh pie god, is that a miniclipboard. >> yes, a mininotepad. >> my daughter would love this. >> just bring me the [bleep] claim form. >> gogels down. >> gogels down. >> gogels up, gogels up.
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>> that does nothing for us. >> you got an organic -- >> all right, i can't take it, i'm going in. >> really? by yourself. >> yeah, i got it. >> now that's an-- see? >> all right. >> the groove on there. >> i got the form. let's get the hell out of here. >> you got it, we got it! >> oh pie god. >> yeah. >> what the [bleep] is this? you just brought a bunch of blank claims from the va waiting room. are you simple? [bleep] away from me.
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>> wow, she's really mad. >> we didn't get the claim form but we're never going to stop. for eugene, for all the soldiers, this doesn't end here. >> press two for information about va benefits, press three. please be aware that for claim specific information -- >> samantha bee. -x,x,yye,x o$,v1
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>> jon: welcome back, my guest tonight, he is the founder and c.e.o. of the mission continue, a nonprofit organization that works with military veterans. please welcome to the program eric greitens. (applause) >> how are you. >> we're great, doing very well. >> before we get started a want to give people a small sense of we are dealing with, are you a navy seal, been deployed four time. >> four times you are a doctor. >> i'm going to go with oxford. you are a rode scholar. >> yeah. >> you have a black belt in tie kwan do. >> i am never letting you meet my wife. how are you. >> i'm doing great, doing great, doing well. >> jon: i want to talk about this, the program that you
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have, this mission continues i feel like say revolutionary program that is so intuitive i can't believe it hasn't been done before but explain very quickly the idea behind the commission? >> the mission continues is a national service organization that helps post 9/11 veterans transition from the military to service and leadership programs here at home we believe this generation of veterans are assets to the country. we believe they come back with great experience and skills. and we put them through an intensive six month service and leadership placement in their community where they start working with habitat for humanity, with big brother, big sister, the boys & girls club and they start serving again here at home. >> right. >> and that -- >> so here's what i think is so incredible about it. the immediate reflex on the part of the american public, and i think it's a well-intentioned one s how do we help these people? these men and women who have given so much to this country. we want to give them something. but the truth is within them ask the desire to continue
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serving us. >> yes. when they come home they want to find a way to continue to serve. and a lot of these men and women when they leave the military they're looking for that sense of purpose, accomplishment, camaraderie they had in the military. what happens is a lot of good people, they come from a good place, good intentions but start giving things to veterans. they give them free baseball tickets, free halfie tickets, they give them gift baskets and blankets. you can imagine, a 23-year-old marine, maybe you were injured in iraq or afghanistan. you come back-- . >> jon: you are saying i can imagine being a 23-year-old marine. >> well, maybe, maybe. they come back, and what happens is when people start giving them stuff they start to internalize the idea that they are charity cases. and they're not. they're not looking for a handout. this generation of veterans wants to find a way to continue to serve. >> jon: an here we are in a country that is desperately in need of that ethos and we have myriad problems going on in the country. it seems like a perfect match. it's almost as if we have these hundreds of thousands
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of incredibly dedicated smart, tenacious individuals coming back to the country, looking to serve, a country that needs this service. why is it difficult to put those two entities together again? >> we found that it's actually working really well. so through the mission continues you've got hundreds of veterans who are coming back. and when they get engage approximated in their communities, these are men and women like tony, an air force explosive ordnance technician, actually diffusing bombs in places like iraq, he comes back and he works in d.c. in the department of volunteerism. he gauges other people, gets them to start to serve again. nationally williams was a nurse, was serving in the united states navy, a corpsmen and horrible combat accident, had a propeller run through her face. she lost her right eye, severely injured. came back home and she was struggling. people weren't reaching out to her. she was a mother. the best job she had was working at a toy store. we started at the mission continues, we actually asked her to start to serve again. we created a fellowship with
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her for her at children's hospital in st. louis missouri and today she is working there full-time. >> tremendous. >> jon: tremendous idea. and when you hear about it, you know, you don't want to expand it beyond its capacity at this point. but i condition help but wonder if locality, state, the federal government request engage with you guys, there's almost this menu, you are creating almost these, i guess you call them platoons, yes. >> yes, we're going to have service platoons all over the country. >> right. >> where mission continues fellows are engaging their fellow veterans and we think this can really be 9 lech see of this generation of veterans. >> uh-huh. >> that 10, 20 years from now when people think about this generation of veterans they think of a group that served overseas and came back home and they continued to make a difference in their community. >> if you can nation build in afghanistan, you can do it in chicago. >> you can. you can. >> obviously chicago a little more dangerous. but still.
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>> but still, yes, yes. >> it can be done. >> it can be done. >> now when they come back, i think the other interesting thing that you touch upon was that yd of camaraderie and not only are they serving the community, they're serving each other. >> yes. >> because no one understands that situation like a fellow veterans. >> right. >> you've got an all volunteer force. as you know less than 1% of the country is set foot in places like iraq or afghanistan. when they come home and start to serve again, they also start supporting each other. and what we found at the mission continues is that they are actually forming their own plat on in cities like chicago, and san diego and st. louis and houston and boston amount of. and they come together and start to support each other, let's say if you are having trouble with their benefits you got to see this first. if you need the right physical therapy, go see this particular doctor. and they start to actually serve together and help each other in their communities. >> how do veterans find their way because the other side of putting together these programs is the outreach to veterans to get
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them involved in this. how is that going to be accomplished? >> so any veteran is available, if they want to go off to mission go out to mission continues .org and learn about what we are doing to engage veterans in service, that's the first thing. available to any post 9/11 veteran, come out to the web site. but what is actually happening, we're finding, is that over half of the people who are joining our program are coming at referrallals to the current people in our program and they are saying look, this really changed my life. i came back home. i started serving again. i rebuilt a sense of hurps. i figured out how i could use my skills in a civilian context and they are referring their friends that they served with or might have been in the hospital w they are coming back and serving again. >> well, it's-- what you are doing is incredibly remarkable. i cannot tell you how inspiring it is for me to see. and for you guys to. and the examples of how it actually, practically is working. and it's really wonderful. so congratulations. >> thank you. >> eric greitens, mission
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>> jon: that's our show, join us next week at 11:00, here it, your moment of zen. >> so over the last few days president obama has golfed. he went to the white house correspondent dinner. he had a sund sunday where he
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>> stephen: tonight, we've got a big problem with gitmo in that we're talking about gitmo in. ( laughter ) then the summer bloc busters. now hollywood can undermine our morals in 3d. and my guest ben kingsley is an accomplished actor despite being born with a debilitating accent. a man arrested for shooting at the white house said he was upset over u.s. marijuana laws. man, if only there were some way to mellow that guy out. ( laughter ) this is the the "colbert report" captioning sponsored by comedy central

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